LOS ANGELES, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Ticketmaster (a division of Live Nation Entertainment, NYSE: LYV), the global market leader in ticketing and one of the world’s top 10 e-commerce sites, has made the following appointments: Jeff Somers, chief product officer, from eBay North America Marketplaces; Kat Frederick, SVP, product strategy, from PriceGrabber; Catherine Martin, VP, communications, from Edelman; and Ismail Elshareef, VP, open platform and innovation, from Edmunds.com. The new appointments underscore the company’s technology impact and influence.
Somers, Frederick, Martin, and Elshareef join a newly-crafted leadership team, which brings to Ticketmaster a customer-focused experience set from Virgin America, Shopzilla, VMware, and Break Media, along with recently appointed COO, Amy Howe from McKinsey & Co.
“Jeff, Kat, Catherine, and Ismail deepen our bench of leaders with an understanding of great consumer products. Each of them has a proven track record of innovation and shares a commitment to delivering the best experience for our fans and clients. I’m confident they will help us accelerate the transformational journey our team has started,” said Jared Smith, president of Ticketmaster North America.
At eBay, Jeff Somers was vice president and responsible for managing the company’s core business units — Motors, Fashion, Electronics, Home & Garden, Collectibles and Deals — and for launching new business on the eBay platform, resulting in $600M in growth in 2014. Somers has spent close to 20 years in senior leadership roles across the consumer technology and e-commerce spaces at Amazon, Zillow, and Microsoft, and served as CEO of PluggedIn Media. At PriceGrabber, Kat Frederick was vice president and responsible for product marketing and strategy for desktop and mobile e-commerce solutions impacting millions of shoppers. Prior to PriceGrabber, Frederick held senior roles at Yahoo! and Distillery No. 209. At Edelman, Catherine Martin was senior vice president and led communications programming for consumer technology brands PayPal, Pandora, and Adobe, and has a successful track record working with both Fortune 500 and start-up companies. At Edmunds.com, Ismail Elshareef was executive director, open platform and previously held a variety of roles launching Open API platforms globally.
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Media & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.